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CAS Curriculum Development

This page is designed to assist CAS faculty in curriculum development by providing essential information on the curriculum process.  You may also wish to visit the FAQ.

If a CAS department wishes to make changes to its curriculum, the department should complete its internal review and decision making process no less than one year in advance of the term in which the changes should take effect.  This allows the CAS and UO curriculum committees time to review the changes and the departmental scheduler time to get the changes onto the relevant term schedule.

IMPORTANT NEW DETAIL: The University Senate passed legislation during AY 2017-18 that makes changes to the core (previously “general”) education group and multicultural requirements.  Any proposals for NEW courses will need to meet the new requirements in order to be approved by CASCC or UOCC.  Existing courses approved in these categories will be grandfathered in until they are resubmitted for review at some point over the next three years.  Courseleaf has been updated with these new details and when completing the CIM form you will notice new information fields where the general education requirements used to be.  Please complete these fields if you are seeking core education or multicultural status for your course.

In order to successfully modify or create a course within CAS, please follow the steps below.

  1. If the faculty member responsible for the proposal does not already have CourseLeaf access, the departmental curriculum authority uses this form to request that access be granted for the faculty member.
  2. The department prepares its review of requested changes according to departmental procedures for curriculum changes.  A complete syllabus must be developed/updated during this time for all new/updated courses and must contain the sections listed on this detailed syllabus checklist.  At the end of this stage, the department is in agreement on all proposed changes.
  3. The faculty member responsible for the proposal enters the information on CourseLeaf (click to enter site), following the guidelines on the CIM form checklist.  The department’s Curriculum Coordinator must then approve the proposal in Courseleaf to submit it to CASCC.  Proposals submitted by the deadline are guaranteed at least one round of review in the next term.  Submissions received after the deadline may be reviewed that term if time is available.  Deadlines for submission are as follows:
    • For CAS consideration during Fall term – September 1st
    • For CAS consideration during Winter term – December 1st
    • For CAS consideration during Spring term – March 1st
  4. The CAS Curriculum Coordinator, Ellen Baldwin, initially reviews the submission for the department.  Completion of the checklists in steps two and three are verified. Using the CIM Form checklist and a shortened form of the syllabus checklist, Ellen confirms that all required information has been included.  A submission that does not clear both of these checklists will be returned to the department without committee review.
  5. The CAS Curriculum Committee reviews the verified submission from an academic perspective.  The Committee may choose to approve the submission and send it to the UOCC, or they may return the proposal to the department for additional work.
  6. Once approved by CAS the submission goes to the UO Committee on Courses (UOCC) which reviews submissions once per term. The UOCC will either approve the submission, return it to the department for further work, or in rare cases deny the submission.

Courses included on the UOCC’s quarterly Curriculum Reports usually take effect the fall following Senate approval.  Ideally the entire process is complete at least six months before the desired term of activation, since the course scheduling process begins six months in advance of their starting term.  Changes that are extremely straightforward may get through the process more quickly, but departments submitting proposals at a late date run the risk of it not being successfully assessed in time for the desired term of activation.  The default term of activation is fall term unless otherwise specified by the department.

If you have additional questions about CAS Curricular issues, please check the CAS Curriculum FAQ.  If you cannot find an answer there contact the CAS Curriculum Coordinator, Ellen Baldwin.

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